I think it's officially summer in DC with temperatures near 100 degrees. I urged Mike to take the RAV to work today because he'll be stuck in traffic and I'd rather him have air conditioning if he's going to be driving for an hour. That meant I drove the Escort to NIH today and the air conditioning isn't really working. Luckily I only had a 30 minute drive to NIH and traffic wasn't bad on the way home, but it certainly is HOT. Normally the air conditioning at NIH makes me freeze, but it felt really good today. I also drank about 4 cups of ice water when I arrived. Everything looks good for this round. I go back tomorrow for my last day of chemo treatment. After this I have one more round to go!
I can't believe I'm nearing the end of chemo and sometime soon, I'll get some hair back on my head. Of course, I'm kind of enjoying not having my full head of hair right now in this heat. I've gotten used to the stares of strangers and never wear my wig because that would be stifling today. I do plan to wear my wig when I return to work because my casual headbands definitely don't give off a Proposal Manager vibe. I might wear some of my dressier headbands to work as people get used to seeing me again, but for the first few weeks I'm wearing my wig. Let's see how many people don't even recognize me because the hair color is darker than my own and it's short.
I've been studying my cancer "cookbook" for some ideas of food to eat next week when I'm neutropenic. I'm really crossing my fingers that I don't go to the hospital. If anything, I just simply want to give my poor arms a break from all of the IVs. I really dread them now because I'm starting to become a "hard stick" and as I've said before, it's no fun. I'm looking forward to starting the antibiotics on Wednesday to see if they really work and in the meantime, I really need to make sure I stay hydrated, especially in this heat.
I'm very jealous of my Nurse Practitioner, Doug Matthews, because he's going to Colorado next week for a week-long rock climbing vacation. I don't know if I'm ready to climb in Colorado (especially not now), but it sounds like a fun trip. I would like a vacation and while I've been out of work since April, it certainly isn't vacation. I long to do something fun and go somewhere fun and sit on a beach or travel somewhere where I can relax. Mike and I are planning a nice vacation next year for our 10 year anniversary/1 year anniversary from cancer and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm leaning towards Venice, but we can go wherever as long as it's vacation. I really do want to go to Europe somewhere since Mike's never been, but I'm totally open to other ideas from Mike.
One last thought about my upcoming birthday on Friday -- the thirteenth. I feel very lucky this year that I'm here to celebrate my birthday, especially when I looked at the cancer survival rates yesterday. I also read that Beverly Sills and Joel Siegel recently lost their lives to cancer. I also read in the obituaries yesterday (I really try not to read the obits these days) and a young woman of 42 recently lost her life to breast cancer. It truly humbles me to still be fighting Priscilla. She might have surprised me, but I'm not letting her take over my body. I do get down sometimes because I know that I will be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life, but I will try not to let this rule my future. I will be happy from now on to have a birthday to celebrate, instead of moaning about being another year older. I am lucky and blessed.